Westlake Village, CA (November 4, 2005)–As part of the Los Angeles Superior Court civil complaint filed by Blue Microphones on September 6, 2005, Superior Court Commissioner Victor Greenberg issued a temporary protective order on October 31, 2005, freezing a Union Bank of California checking account owned by defendant Juris Zarins, an individual, a Latvian national and owner of Defendant Scruples, Ltd., JZ Recording Equipment, and other microphone companies. Zarins’ California bank account was believed to have a balance in excess of $138,000, at the time the Court issued its protective order.
Blue Microphone’s civil complaint includes allegations of Breach of Contract, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, Trade Libel, and Civil Conspiracy. The defendants are under order to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on November 10, 2005, to show cause why a preliminary injunction should not be ordered against them that includes a prohibition against making, selling or distributing microphones that are substantially similar to those made, sold and distributed by Blue Microphones, why they should not pay Blue Microphones $250,000 in damages, and why they should not be restrained from making defamatory and disparaging remarks on various websites.
Ralfs Niedra, a defendant in the case, closed the websites www.violetusa.com and www.avelat.com after appearing for a deposition on October 19, 2005 to give testimony. Similarly, Stargate Holdings, Inc has cancelled the DNS account for www.violet-design.com.
Blue has also taken additional legal action to defend its contractual and intellectual property rights by filing Oppositions with the Office for Harmonization in the International Market against several of Juris Zarins’ 2005 design patent filings, a Trademark Opposition with the Latvian Court regarding the Violet Trademark, and a civil claim in the Riga Regional Court against Scruples, Juris Zarins et al for Breach of Contract. Blue vigorously continues its efforts to protect its trademark and product designs.
Blue Microphones is celebrating its 10th year in business and have just introduced the OmniMouse, an omni-directional version of their popular Mouse microphone. They are also now shipping their highly anticipated Snowball USB mic and their Red Type B solid-state mic. Blue has recently entered into a comprehensive distribution agreement with Telex, Inc, and added new sales and marketing staff to support growth through the remainder of 2005 and into 2006.
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